In most places in the world we all dance LambadaZouk or Zouk on this timing although there are some variations to footwork patterns between LambadaZouk and Zouk, and different teachers have different ways of trying to explain the step and timing. Also in some places, such as Porto Seguro where the original Lambada dance comes from, they tend to start their basic on the quick instead of the slow, just as the original Lambada was. This is not a problem though as long as students are aware of what is happening and ladies can follow their partner. In this case the man will step on the left first in the middle of the bar on the 3 or 1st quick beat of the bar and the lady will have to step on the right first. Technically the correct count for this 3 4 5-, 7 8 1-, although as mentioned before some teachers of the old school Lambada still teach as if dancing to Lambada music and explain this as 1 2 3- 1 2 3- counting steps really instead of timing.
In Rio and Holland their Zouk style is danced on the same timing as we do in London, Slow, Quick, Quick, but the roles are reversed with the man stepping backwards on the left first on the 1st Slow beat of the bar and the lady stepping forwards on the right. They also have a more linear style to their dance and we have a more circular style.
Dancing Lambada does involve a lot of body movement, in the hips and upper body. These movements are rhythmic, from side to side and rippling forward and back in a wave like motion. The accomplished female dancers roll their head in a circular motion and from side to side within the time frame of the music, creating a fluid and sensual quality to their dance. This is the essence of the original Lambada and is visually stunning to watch! The music provides an opportunity for great creativity within the dance stlye and the accomplished dancer will develop great sensitivity and connection with the music whilst remaining completely connected with their partner.
To learn Lambada it is not essential to be especially fit, however in the course of learning and developing your dance style you will gain fitness, flexibility and poise on the dance floor. You will also have the opportunity meet new people and socialise amongst our very frendly dancers. Whilst some dancers will develop great skill in their dancing, many will enjoy the social aspect of the dance and simply enjoy the connection with their partner.